Granville Community Calendar

Council Minutes November 15, 1995

VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
NOVEMBER 15,1995
CALL TO ORDER
Vice Mayor Marshall convened the meeting at 7:35 p.m.
ROLL CALL
Those responding to the roll call were:
Councilmember Garrett
Councilmember Shulman
Councilmember Montgomery
Councilmember Bennett
Councilmember Freytag
Vice Mayor Marshall
Manager Plunkett
Councilmember Garrett moved to excuse absentee Law Director Hurst.
Seconded by Councilmember Bennett. Motion carried.
Mayor Eisenberg arrived.
PUBLIC HEARINGS
A public hearing was held on Ordinance No. 299- 5.A "n Ordinance Amending
The Granville Zoning Ordinance And Accompanying Map Thereto,By Amending The
Classification OfThe Zoning District For A Portion OfA Certain Parcel Of Land
Located At 400 South Main Street From OSD,Open Space District To CSD, Community Service District."
Dan Bellman stated he hadn't seen the plans for the Granville Mill and that he
understands the mill is an important part of the Granville Community. He stated that it is important that the mill get what is needed to stay economically viable but perhaps it could be done without changing the zoning of the property. He stated that he was not concerned with the use of the property today,but perhaps in the future if the property is sold,the area would be zoned for light manufacturing and could become a concern. He stated that perhaps the mill could get what they wanted through another vehicle other than rezoning,such as a variance.
Bruce Westall of241 East Maple Street stated that his property was the closest to the mill and felt that the mill could stay in the present zoning. He stated that the Council and the Planning Commission are concerned with what happens around the edges oftown but also should be concerned with the center oftown. He stated that in
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his opinion,this was an opportunity to work with property owners to clean-up the mill
area. He stated that he felt that the area was somewhat a mess and with the bikepath
attracting visitors to that area,it is an important area. He stated that he believes that the
mill is an important asset to the community and does not want to see it leave the area,
but he would like to see it cleaned up.
Phil Watts of Granville Milling Company stated that the mill is not expanding
or enlarging its facilities,but is changing the fertilizer warehouse location and building
a truck storage building. He stated that the mill will be upgraded and wiltlook better
than it presently does.
Mr. Westall stated that his concern with the mill's plans was the vagueness. He
stated that the goal of the village is to clean up the area and revitalize the area from
Maple Grove Cemetery to Main Street because that is one of the main entrances to
Granville and what people see when they first come to town. He stated that this would
be a great opportunity to clean up the mill area.
Councilmember Garrett stated that the Village has plans for South Main Street
which includes landscaping the entrance to the Village. She stated that the Village is
waiting for the State to fund the project first though.
Sue Barton stated that she had built her house knowing that the mill was there,
but had not known they would be building a larger facility.
Susan Hammon of 312 South Pearl Street stated that she understood that
businesses needed to grow and may have to expand. She stated that her concern was the zoning change and not the mill operations. She stated that she was concerned that
once the zoning change was made,there would be no chance for input as to what will
go on the property.
Lyn Robertson,Planning Commission chair,stated that the Planning
Commission saw a situation where the parties involved could meet together and reach
a decision that everyone could live with. She stated that that had proved to be
unworkable. She stated that the Commission had decided that SRD-B would be an appropriate zoning,and the hillside would provide a buffer for the residents. She that the stated mill owners had agreed to more plantings to increase the buffer. She stated
that the proposed buildings would be moved forward to get them further away from residents,and incoming traffic into the area would be rerouted away from the
bikepath. She stated that the rezoning of the property did not constitute approval of the development plan.
Mayor Eisenberg stated that he would like to see the truck traffic crossing the bikepath stopped.
Mr.Watts stated that he couldn't say that the traffic across the bikepath would be eliminated totally,but would certainly be reduced with the movement of the fertilizer storage. He stated that there is more than just the mill's traffic in that area.
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Councilmember Garrett stated that the roadway is used by Granville
Township's road and cemetery crews and IGA delivery drivers,too.
Flo Hoffman of West College Street stated that she was concerned with what
the affect would be on the Old Colony cemetery.
Mr. Watts stated that a storm sewer is in the plans to tie all the drainage and
catch basins in to get rid of standing water. He stated that Mr. Plunkett could probably
give more information on that issue. He stated that the bikepath in the mill area is bad
this year but in his opinion,alot of it has to do with the construction on South Main
Street.
The public hearing closed at 8: 10 p.m.
REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes of the regularly scheduled meeting ofNovember 1, 1995,were
presented for review. Vice Mayor Marshall moved to approve the minutes as
corrected. Seconded by Councilmember Freytag. Motion carried.
MAYOR'S REPORT
The Mayor's Report for the month of October was presented for review. Mayor
Eisenberg directed the clerk to file the report. A copy of that report is attached as part of these minutes.
MANAGER'S REPORT
The Manager's Report for the month of October was presented for review.
Councilmember Bennett moved to approve the report. Seconded by Councilmember
Freytag. Motion carried. A copy of that report is attached as part of these minutes.
CITIZENS COMMENTS
Those signing the register were:
Carol Phillips
Phil Watts
Flo Hoffman
Dan Bellman
Robert Essman
Clifton Crais
Susan Hammon
Lyn Robertson
Doug Tailford
Sue Barton
Patty Harklau
Bruce Westall
Dave Woerner
No questions,comments,or concerns were voiced at this time.
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COMMITTEE REPORTS
Councilmember Shulman reported on the Tree and Landscape Commission
meeting ofNovember 14. Two visitors from Erinwood's Village Green Section had
been present to express their interest in having trees planted in area tree lawns. He
stated that a survey of the area showed that the tree lawn planting area is limited
because of'. the possibility of street lights,curb cuts etc. He stated that the committee is
working towards planting some trees in the area and developing an overall plan,
planting a few each year. He stated that he would encourage Council to get a
contribution from the Murphy's before the village spends money on the project. He
stated that the citizens brought up that everything was done in a piecemeal fashion. He
stated that he had explained that the new subdivision regulations were now in place
and should address all the issues. He stated that the commission will be applying for
the Tree City USA designation again and that Bolen Park will be bricked from the
village's brick inventory.
Councilmember Garrett reported on the Planning Commission meeting of
November 6,1995. At that meeting,an architectural review application had been
approved and a worksession held with owners of the Certified Gas Station on South
Main Street. She stated that election signs were discussed and it was recommended
that the installation time be shortened from 60 days to 30 days and to only 5 days after the election.
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Councilmember Freytag reported on the November 6, 1995, Old Colony
Cemetery Meeting. He stated that top soil had been hauled in and 13 trees had been
planted on the south edge of the cemetery. He stated that concern had been expressed about the water service line that had broken for the third time and a leaking valve that
had had problems before. He stated that Joe Hickman was looking into the matter. He
stated that the restoration of the cemetery is progressing and the volunteers are down the to more difficult stones to replace. He stated that the volunteers would be dealing
with which difficult stones to restore first. He statBd that the e"asy stonesh"ave been dealt with. He stated that some discussion had taken place on what will be done long
term in the cemetery. He stated that after the volunteers disband,something will need
to be done about long term maintenance in the cemetery to make sure the stones don't deteriorate again.
Councilmember Freytag reported on the Recreation Commission meeting of November 7,1995. He stated that apparently,a pilot hole has been drilled for Public Water SupplyWell 4#,away from the proposed road at Wildwood Park. He stated that the commission is interested in the placement ofwell # 4 because they would still like
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to build a roadway across the bikepath in that location. He stated that the phone issue
at Wildwood Park has been tabled until spring.
Mayor Eisenberg stated that this would be the last Council meeting for Dorothy
Garrett and Marc Shulman because they will be ending their service on Council. He
stated that he would like to express his appreciation to them and stated that although
they had not always agreed with each other's opinions,he appreciated their dedication
and good service and was sorry to see them go.
OLD BUSINESS
Ordinance No. 299- 5,A "n Ordinance Amending The Granville Zoning
Ordinance And Accompanying Map Thereto,By Amending The Classification Of The
Zoning District For A Portion Of A Certain Parcel Of Land Located At 400 South
Main Street From OSD,Open Space District To CSD,Community Service District,"
was reintroduced,its title read,and moved for adoption by Councilmember Bennett.
Seconded by Councilmember Montgomery.
Councilmember Freytag expressed concern with stored fertilizer contaminating
the acquifer. He stated that he had expressed his concern before and had not seen any information on that issue.
Doug Tailford stated that fertilizer was regulated by the Department of
Agriculture and he had contacted them. There is no hazard to the acquifer or the flood
plain,in their opinion. The department has no problems with the zoning or development plan in that location.
Councilmember Montgomery stated that she would support the
recommendation ofthe Planning Commission. She stated that the commission had
tried to reach a compromise and neither the neighbors nor the mill is getting exactly what they had asked for.
Mayor Eisenberg stated that he would still like to see the traffic across the bikepath stopped.
Councilmember Garrett stated that she believed that the Evans Foundation had the power to control the traffic.
Councilmember Bennett stated that the request from the applicant was a zoning change and the other matters should be conveyed to the Planning Commission to be taken into consideration with the development plan.
After a discussion,the roll call vote was taken: Roll call vote: Freytag no, Bennett yes,Montgomery yes,Shulman yes,Garrett yes,Marshall yes,Mayor 1 Eisenberg yes. Six yes votes,one no vote. Ordinance No. 29-95 was adopted.
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Ordinance No. 309- 5,A "n Ordinance To Approve The Development Plan For
A Mini-Storage Located At 1328 Cherry Valley Road."
Councilmember Bennett moved to remove Ordinance No. 30-95 from the table.
Seconded by Vice Mayor Marshall.
Manager Plunkett stated that he had discussed the issue with the Law Director
and the Law Director was of the opinion that the storage facility should be located in
Planned Industrial and not Planned Commercial zoning. He stated that up until this
point,the Village Planner and the Planning Commission had been under the
impression that the storage facility was a permitted use in Planned Commercial zoning.
Councilmember Garrett stated that the Planning Commission would have liked
to turn the application down but had been under the impression that a storage facility
was a permitted use.
Councilmember Bennett stated that he believed everyone had acted in good
faith and it was too bad that the applicants had spent time and money but at this time,
there was no legal basis to approve the plan.
Roll call vote: Freytag no,Bennett no,Montgomery no,Shulman no,Garrett
no,Marshall no,Mayor Eisenberg no. Seven no votes. Ordinance No. 30-95 was defeated.
Lyn Robertson asked that in the future,the Planning Commission have legal
opinions in writing,and that perhaps they should have more and direct access to the law director.
Manager Plunkett stated that the Law Director has office hours at the Village
Hall every Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. He suggested that the Planning
Commission make their requests in writing too,so that everyone has a written record.
Vice Mayor Marshall asked if there was an update on North Pearl Street?
Manager Plunkett stated that the law director is still researching the issue,but it
looks at this point as if the Village probably has the authority to erect traffic control
signs on North Pearl Street,but would have to repeal sections of the Granville
Codified Ordinances in order to do so. He stated that the law director is not finished with his research yet.
NEW BUSINESS
Ordinance No. 349- 5,A "n Ordinance To Amend Ordinance No. 449-4 Providing For Adjustments Of The Annual Budget For The Fiscal Year 1995 And Revising Sums For Operating Expensesw,"as introduced and its title read by Vice Mayor Marshall.
Mayor Eisenberg set the public hearing on Ordinance No. 349-5 for December 6, 1995,at 7:30 p.m.
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Resolution No. 95-53,A "Resolution Amending The District Solid Waste
Management Planw,"as introduced,read in full,and moved for adoption by
Councilmember Bennett. Seconded by Councilmember Freytag.
Carol Phillips of the Coshcoton,Fairfield,Licking,Perry Solid Waste District
stated that the State is the entity the sets the range of fees and the state says that the out
of state fees can be no more than the in district fees. She stated that the decision was
the result of a lawsuit settlement whereby the Commerce Department stated that a
financial disparate was being created by charging more for out of state disposal. She
stated that currently,the district has an excessive amount of funds with no way to
spend all of the money. She stated that by lowering the fees,they would be more in
line with the state and not have an excess of funds.
Councilmember Garrett asked if the residents would see a reduced rate in
refuse hauling fees?
Ms. Phillips stated that the residents would probably not see a savings but
businesses and industrial customers would likely see a savings because they see the
direct cost .
Resolution No. 95-53 was duly adopted.
Marc Shulman stated that he would like to recognize Clark Wilhelm on his
new business in downtown Granville. He stated that Mr. Wilhelm's business was the
kind of development he was interested in. He stated that he would like to share with
Council some things he would have pursued if he had been reelected to Council:
adopting the township zoning code as a measure ofgood faith for the merger issue;
moratorium on water and sewer expansion;pursue a crosswalk treatment on SR 661,
indicating that the village encourages pedestrian traffic;continue with the pathway
project; continue with the street light issue both in the downtown and in subdivisions;
beautify the Village's entrances;and clean up the rental properties at the entrance to Denison University. He stated that he had enjoyed his four years on Council and had hoped to continue serving. He stated that he had enjoyed working with everyone and that he had volunteered for a seat on the Planning Commission.
Councilmember Bennett stated that although he didn't agree with Mr. Shulman
on some issues,Mr. Shulman always acted very collegial and acted the part of a ignentleman and he hoped that the new members ofCouncil have learned those chapters the book.
Councilmember Garrett asked what the resolution from the Licking County was concerning the transportation schedule?
Doug Tailford stated that Licking County was to fund 40%of the Newark- Granville Road project,40%from LCAT's and 20%ofthe funding from the village.
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He stated that LCATS has now decided they would fund 80%of the project making
the chances for funding even greater.
Councilmember Freytag questioned what the minor widening on Newark
Granville Road was?
Doug Tailford stated that the widening of Newark Granville Road between
Jones and Cherry Valley Road is up for discussion with the Streets & Sidewalks
Committee. He stated that the comprehensive plan suggests a connector from Cherry
Valley Road and the Murphys to solve the turning movement problem. He stated that
the committee needs to decide if the widening needs to be taken off the plans for the
project or not.
Councilmember Freytag stated that he had been wondering if Council shouldn't
study the merger issue too,and perhaps get a grip on some pros and cons. He stated
that a study had been done several years ago informally and perhaps that should be
reviewed again. He stated that Council could rely on a commission to do the work or could do some work themselves. He stated that assuming that Council would be in
favor ofthe merger,then they could take action to facilitate the merger. He stated that
in his opinion,some information needed to be looked at now and not be put off until
the last second.
Vice Mayor Marshall agreed that at some point in time Council should something for say or against the merger and set conditions to facilitate or not to facilitate
the merger.
Councilmember Bennett expressed concern with the funding support for the
merger commission.
Councilmember Montgomery asked if the Council should be involved with the
commission and perhaps have a council representative to attend their meetings.
Councilmember Garrett stated that the commission is charged with studying all the issues and presenting the pros and cons.
Councilmember Freytag stated that he had read an article in the Columbus
Dispatch stating the County Planning Commission is continuing to promote an industrial site in the Mink Road vicinity. He stated that that type of development would have a tremendous effect on the Village and someone should perhaps monitor that situation.
Mayor Eisenberg stated that the Intergovernmental Relations Committee consists of Councilmembers Bennett and Garrett.
EXECUTIVE SESSION ( Manager Evaluation)
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Councilmember Garrett moved to enter into executive session at 10: 12 p.m. to
discuss the Village Manager's performance evaluation. Seconded by Councilmember
Bennett.
Roll call voter Garrett yes,Shulman no,Montgomery yes,Bennett yes,Freytag
yes,Marshall yes,Mayor Eisenberg yes. Six yes votes,one no vote. Motion carried.
Councilmember Bennett moved to reenter into regular session at 10:58 p.m.
Seconded by Councilmember Freytag. Motion carried.
ADJOURNMENT
Councilmember Garrett moved to adjourn the meeting at 10: 59 p.m. Seconded
by Councilmember Montgomery. Motion carried.

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